1. Hello! I am a composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist who currently tours with the rock group Gossip (formerly The Gossip). I write and record music that spans a spectrum of genres ranging from melodic to experimental. I place emphasis on writing lyrics with layered meanings, often exploring the realms of nature, simulation, and technology. I am influenced equally by pop music and outsider music, ethereal music, dark synth music, classic rock, and music commonly played in Southwestern outdoor malls. My work has been called “feminine and confident” (Chicago Reader)  “hymnlike” and “capable of humor, profundity and just plain poetry” (Willamette Week). I have toured the Americas, Europe, Australia, and Japan consistently for the last 13 years, with Gossip (2012-present), with the art-rock band YACHT (2011), with Key Losers (my band, 2010-present), with Lloyd & Michael (my collaborative duo with Lewis & Clark professor Marianna Ritchey, 2007-present), and with Dear Nora (my band, 2000-2008). My recordings have been licensed in the US, Japan and Australia.

    Please check out my recent interviews with THE BELIEVER and ROOKIE.

    contact me: weirdcactus at gmail dot com

    read my weird random thoughts and also enjoy occasional blasts about shows, recordings and events: @weird_cactus

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    DISCOGRAPHY

    2013, Nora Beck, STRANGE LAND (I produced and engineered this record), BUY IT HERE!
    2012, THIS IS THE TIME FOR IT (a variety of incredible artists covered my songs), Wizards of the Ghost Records, BUY IT HERE!
    2012, Key Losers, ALPHABET SERIES (7”), Tomlab Records, BUY IT HERE!
    2011, Key Losers, CALIFORNIA LITE (LP), P.W. Elverum and Sun, BUY IT HERE!
    2010, Key Losers, ADJUST (cassette + poster), States Rights Records, BUY IT HERE!
    2008, Lloyd & Michael, JUST AS GOD MADE US (CD), Valve Records (AUSTRALIA), BUY IT HERE!
    2008, Dear Nora, THREE STATES: RARITIES 1997-2007 (CD), Magic Marker Records, BUY IT HERE!
    2007, Lloyd & Michael, JUST AS GOD MADE US (CD), States Rights Records, BUY IT HERE!
    2007, Dear Nora, THERE IS NO HOME (CD), Valve Records (AUSTRALIA), BUY IT HERE! 
    2006, Dear Nora, THERE IS NO HOME (CD), Magic Marker Records, BUY IT HERE!
    2005, Dear Nora, split w/ What the Kids Want (7”), Shake Got the Beets Records, OUT OF PRINT!
    2004, Dear Nora, MOUNTAIN ROCK (CD), Magic Marker Records, BUY IT HERE!
    2003, Dear Nora, split w/ Mates of State (7”), Polyvinyl Records, BUY IT HERE!
    2003, Dear Nora, THE NEW YEAR (LP), Red Square Records, BUY IT HERE!
    2002, Dear Nora, THE NEW YEAR (CD), Magic Marker Records, BUY IT HERE!
    2002, Dear Nora, WE’LL HAVE A TIME (CD), Wah! Records (JAPAN), BUY IT HERE!
    2001, Dear Nora, WE’LL HAVE A TIME (CD & LP), Magic Marker Records, BUY IT HERE!
    2000, Dear Nora, DREAMING OUT LOUD (7”), Magic Marker Records, OUT OF PRINT!
    2000, Dear Nora, MAKE YOU SMILE (7”), Magic Marker Records, OUT OF PRINT!

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    TOURS

    I have toured consistently from 2000-present, with Gossip, YACHT, Key Losers, Lloyd & Michael, and Dear Nora.

    I have performed in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, USA.